What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I live in Philadelphia, PA with my parents and two older sisters. My dad is a wholesaler and my mom is a website designer and marketer. My eldest sister is currently applying to medical school after graduating from Johns Hopkins with a Masters in molecular biochemistry and biochemical warfare. Her Bachelors was in molecular biochemistry with a minor in neuroscience. My other sister is a graduated ensign of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering. She is now in flight school in order to fly rescue helicopters.
As for me, I have a lot of varied interests and hobbies, I am a part-time artist and photographer, I play electric guitar, enjoy fantasy books and TV shows, and I am also interested in astronomy, geology, psychology, and many other fields of science. I am also an avid fan of rock and metal music, and a frequent concert-goer. I play volleyball and also belong to the Archery Club at my university. I hope to be able to travel all over the world someday and experience all new cultures and ideas.
Describe your dream job or career.
In scientific fields, I would love to work with a bunch of different companies to convert environmentally-unfriendly structures into green ones through green roofs, non-VOX paint, better planning, and decreases in habitat fragmentation. I would also love to work on the edge of innovation with new technology aimed towards sustainability. I would also love to be an astronomer and participate in efforts to colonize mars and beyond.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
In high school, I was the Art, Photography, and Layout Editor of my school's literary magazine. I was in charge of gathering and organizing over 500 submissions and putting them into a format for voting by the rest of the magazine staff. I was then in charge of layout during the creation of the magazine itself, and had a hand in all Photoshop and layout decisions, as well as had one of my paintings voted for the front cover.
I was also the President of my school's Science National Honor Society, where I organized movie and museum trips along with volunteering efforts for Mercy Neighborhood Ministries (an after-school program for underprivileged kids) and tutoring at the school itself.
More recently, I joined the Nu chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon, the engineering and technical sciences sorority at my school. I am currently a part of our sisterhood committee, which plans many of the social bonding activities during each semester.
I hope to be able to travel all over the world someday and experience all new cultures and ideas.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
Our capstone was a very windy road to its final presentation. Our first idea, while interesting and possibly achievable, was much too complicated to complete within only a week. I had approached my group with the initial plan, and we started fleshing it out before realizing it was too intricate.
We spent a few hours changing our idea and ended up with a business whose purpose was to help integrate new technology into old infrastructure. Our main example was to help integrate sulfate and elemental sulfur converters into current geothermal power plants to turn sulfur sequestration into a source of profit for the power companies. Each team member played to their strengths to provide the chemistry, marketing, visuals, and public speaking skills to provide our audience with a clear idea of our project.
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
I would love to be able to go on the GREEN Program again, and work as an Ambassador to spread word of these fantastic trips. Later on, I will definitely draw on the knowledge gained on my trip to see that change is done on a global scale. I would want to work for companies that respect the idea of global citizenship and participation and help show them how Iceland (the trip I went on) could be a great example for clean energy integration.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite.
Bill Nye, Agent Peggy Carter (Marvel Universe), Garrett Russell (Lead singer of Silent Planet)